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Diablo 3’s retro anniversary event returns Jan. 1

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Revisit the original Diablo in the Darkening of Tristram

Diablo 3 — The Darkening of Tristram
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Blizzard Entertainment is bringing back its homage to the original Diablo in Diablo 3 for 2018. The annual Darkening of Tristram event will return to Diablo 3 on Jan. 1, 2018, at 12 a.m. PT.

The Darkening of Tristram, originally held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Diablo series, sends players back to the dungeons of Diablo — or a pretty good impersonation of them — to score some retro loot. The Darkening of Tristam is presented in “retro vision,” a pixelated filter than makes Diablo 3 look more like a game from the mid-’90s, and with tinny audio and chunkier animation to match.

The anniversary event first launched in early January 2017 in the Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One versions of Diablo 3. It included some event-exclusive items, including transmogrifications like the Butcher’s cleaver and Wirt’s leg, and throwback cosmetics.

2018’s Diablo 3 Darkening of Tristram will run from Jan. 1 to Jan. 30. More details are available at the official Diablo website.